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The gospel according to Harry Potter

Once a pagan little brat, now Jesus Christ incarnate. J. K. Rowling's bespectacled protagonist is now the darling of some Christian conservatives, who detect biblical value in the books.

"Harry rises from the dead after three days. Harry is saved by the sacrificial love of his mother. A snake drinks the blood of the unicorn, which makes you immortal but damned. That's First Corinthians," Granger said, referring to the New Testament passage that states: "It follows that anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty of desecrating the body and blood of the Lord."
"This book - and later I found out every book - ends with Harry's figurative death and his resurrection in the presence of a traditional symbol of Christ," Granger said. [LINK]
Not surprisingly, many others of his persuasion find the idea downright sacrilegious. So it's a good thing we have the voice of moderation in author Richard Abanes, who notes, "We have one extreme that's accusing Potter author J.K. Rowling of being Satanic. The others don't worry about the books at all. I'm desperately trying to get people to look at reality, which is usually middle of the road."

And what is that 'reality,' Mr. Abanes? "Many real-world occultists and Wiccans are using the popularity of Harry Potter to bring kids into their practices."

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